Opinion – Three quarters of top bosses fear ‘toxic’ Left-wing pact between Labour and the SNP  | Daily Mail Online – John Gelmini

Big business is right to fear Sturgeon and Miliband were they to get into power.

Dr Alf puts the choice very well and since the Paddy Power mathematicians are independent and not looking for a Labour Government to come in write a blank cheque for the licence fee settlement and thus further enrich BBC directors, I trust their prognosis of a Conservative victory, rather than the left-wing speculations of gnostic/atheist BBC reporters, champagne socialists at the Guardian/Observer and the Independent.

Whilst I dislike David Cameron and would replace him with Boris Johnson, the choice should for the vast majority of people be a “no-brainer”, in the form of the Conservatives with a small but workable majority.

Anything else spells heavier taxes on the English majority via the Barnett Formula, more local authority profligacy, more quangos with Common Purpose trained apparachiks, excessive profligacy on the part of ineffective Chief Constables, Fire Chiefs and Ambulance leaders, an unreformed NHS which remains ever more unfit for purpose by the day and reduced competitiveness.

People should remember too that previous Labour Governments (all of them),cause stock-markets to fall and money to flow out of the country.

Nicola Sturgeon may well be an impressive campaigner but with the price of oil as low as it is she cannot finance her programs based on the moribund performance of the Scottish economy. She will therefore pretend to want to help the English until she secures even more money from them, so the choice is clear, sensible people should vote for the Conservatives and the Scots and Welsh with their demands for more need to be sent packing.

John Gelmini

Top Ten Risks – Ed Miliband Labour Party led UK Government

Here are my top-ten risks – they’re not in order of materiality nor likihood. So far, the mainstream media haven’t fully exploited the David Cameron (‘safe-pair-of hands’) Vs. the Ed Miliband (‘very high risk’)  – the liberal NYT described Miliband as ‘wonkish, indecisive and gawkish’.

  1. Expect the financial markets to take a dim view of a hung parliament or a left-wing coalition. Stock markets and Sterling are likely to show sharp falls.
  2. Watch for the reaction from big-business, especially financial services. A Labour led government will precipitate companies moving overseas or offshore. This will reduce investment, jobs and confidence in the UK.
  3. Many of the high-paid, highly-skilled expats will leave the UK, taking their expertise with them.
  4. Expect many UK high-earners and the wealthy to leave the UK too, taking their expertise and resources offshore. On the other hand, immigration is likely to climb under Labour, as in previous Labour governments.
  5. Watch for reversal of policies in the public sector. Starved of cash under austerity, there will be a marked reversal. Despite a Labour government, expect strikes as unions fight each other for the most-inflationary pay rises.
  6. Focus on public sector productivity, which is already weak compared to international benchmarks – expect public sector productivity to decline further under Labour. In other words, Labour will signal the return of ‘big government’ and paternalism – individualism, creativity and entrepreneurship will be starved.
  7. With a strongly left-wing Labour Government, expect the UK’s influence in the world to continue to decline.
  8. With Labour in power, expect the Scottish Nationalists to pull the strings, so there will be increased pressure for a breakup of the United Kingdom, with the associated consequences.
  9. In terms of foreign policy, expect the US to continue to play down the ‘special relationship’, unless the UK seriously ups military spending – and the UK would need to be ready to engage overseas, perhaps like in Iraq under the former Labour Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
  10. Most importantly, international terrorists would see a Labour government as weak and perhaps an opportunity?

Do you agree with my risks, want to restate them or perhaps add to my list? What about effective mitigation?

Thoughts?